Tuesday, March 17, 2015

An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

From the publisher:
The first book in a new YA historical fiction series from bestselling author Jody Hedlund.
Due to her parents' promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father's enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents' will left a second choice-if Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.
Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights-the one who appears the most guilty-had not already captured her heart.
I love Jody Hedlund's writing and was excited to see that she is branching into YA historical fiction.  With all the other fiction offered for YA readers, this book is needed.  
 While it wasn't a heavily Christian book, the references to Rosemarie's faith and her dedication to really pray over matters was brought out right away in the story.  This gave a foundation for her character which is shown to be kind, compassionate, and sympathetic.  
I was surprised at the descriptions of the torture.  I didn't expect there to be so many.  However,  I think it was tastefully done, and not too descriptive.  It gave the readers an idea of how awful it really was.
The knights are brave and charismatic.  The romance that Jody Hedlund places is age appropriate.  It is enough intense and sweet to keep the balance--as well as chivalrous and clean.  
In the epilogue it leaves you with a cliff-hanger so don't read that part unless you want to read more!  I look forward to the next book in this series.
I received this book free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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